Items tagged with 3D TV

When Avatar and Clash of the Titans hit theaters in 2009, 3D was heralded as the next big thing. Standard movies were released with 3D versions and 3D TV channels were expected to change the way people watched TV. But today, the momentum for 3D TV has split from the momentum for 3D movies and 3D TV viewership isn’t where media executives expected it to be, according to a report by the Associated Press. In fact, The Nielsen Company has found viewership to be too small for its viewing-habit measurements. Obstacles to acceptance likely include the 3D glasses and the pricing, which is generally higher for 3D TVs than for standard HDTV sets. Throw in the additional charges that some... Read more...
With Hewlett Packard scrapping plans to take over the mobile world with its webOS TouchPad (and other devices), the tablet market just became a little less crowded, and your list of potential slates a little shorter. And if you're now stuck deciding between Apple's iPad 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, maybe Best Buy's upcoming promotion will help. Starting Sunday, August 21 and running through Saturday, August 27, Best Buy is including a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 device with select Samsung HDTVs. Be prepared to go big or go home empty handed, because the select models in question are a 46-inch LED 1080p Smart 3D HDTV for $1,500 and a 55-inch Samsung TV with a 3D Starter Kit for $2,000. That's... Read more...
If you've invested thousands into an HDMI theater system for a home or business, you will soon have multiple options to preserve that investment and still go 3D. That's the promise from companies like Video Innovation Products (VIP), Just Add Power (JAP) and Optoma Technology. Earlier this year, startup VIP announced a line of affordable 3D converters aimed at consumers. These will let 3D content be displayed on any HDMI-capable TV or projector. 3D-VIP so far is only shipping one of three planned products, the 3D Gamer converter, which costs $269 and includes the 3D glasses. VIP's 3D-Gamer brings 3D to your gaming experience. 3D-Gamer takes HDMI 1.4(a) stereo 3D input and outputs frame sequential... Read more...
VIZIO announced its new line up of LED TVs with models ranging from 16- to 71-inches. Among the new models are two Cinema HDTV LED models with a 21:9 Cinema aspect ratio, Theater 3D, and VIZIO Internet Apps. Select models in the E and M series and the entire XVT series feature VIZIO Theater 3D, a technology that uses a circular polarized filter to eliminate the need for batteries and shutter mechanisms in Theater 3D eyewear. Theater 3D also claims to be better than conventional "active" 3D systems by boasting of reduced crosstalk, fast motion without blurring, the ability to be up to 2X brighter, a wider horizontal viewing angle, and no Active Shutter 3D flicker. Depending on the model of TV,... Read more...
Two separate consumer surveys came to the same conclusion: the iPad is on top of everyone's gift wish list. But 3D TVs? Not so much. Fortunately, your chances of getting an iPad are pretty good -- as both of those studies also said that people plan to spend more this holiday season, mostly on consumer gadgets, compared to 2009. Indeed, a report on planned consumer holiday spending by Retrevo said that people are actually giving up their holiday travel so they can buy cool electronics. Of the 1,000-plus respondents, 16% said they will spend more on electronics in 2010 over 2009 spending levels while 28% will spend less on travel. The No. 1 desire? A tablet -- and that means the iPad for most people.... Read more...
If you're looking to buy a 3D TV this holiday season, you may find Consumer Reports recent report helpful. Consumer Reports recently evaluated 14 3D TV models and found that plasma TVs are better at displaying 3D images than LCD sets. One of the key reasons behind this is that plasma displays exhibit less ghosting when wearing 3D glasses. Panasonic was the big winner in the Consumer Reports findings—three models from the company's lineup were said to exhibit the best 3D picture quality and the least ghosting of all the sets tested. Plasma TVs from LG and Samsung had slightly more ghosting than the Panasonic plasma sets. In terms of LCD TVs, Sony's line came the closest to matching the experience... Read more...
It's hard to spit game to your date when you're sporting a pair of dorky looking 3D glasses, unless you happen to look like a dork even without them. But don't despair, if you've bought into the 3D hype and can't wait to bring the extra dimension into your home, glasses-free 3D displays are on the way, perhaps sooner than you think. Toshiba, for example, is readying two 3D TVs that produce the same groovy effect, sans glasses, and will ship them in Japan in December, the company announced today. That was the good news. Ready for the bad? Penny pinchers need not apply, nor should anyone who thinks watching flicks on a 20-inch and smaller screen is lame. Toshiba plans to sell a 12-inch model that,... Read more...
3D TV may be the wave of the future, but the technology definitely has some hurdles to overcome first. For one, the cost of the 3D glasses that are typically sold separately from the television add a chunk of change to the overall price of 3D entertainment. To make matters worse, most of the glasses available today are only compatible with their respective TVs, so Panasonic's glasses work with Panasonic TVs, Samsung glasses with Samsung TVs, etc. Considering 3D glasses typically cost around $150 per pair, the price deters people from buying many additional pairs to share with friends. For this reason, many executives believe a "bring your own glasses" model may be the norm. That is, assuming... Read more...
Although 3D TV is starting to catch on, it certainly doesn't come without a price. Currently, Amazon.com and a few other online resellers are selling Samsung 55-inch 3D LED HDTV television sets with a price tag of around $3,000. While the TVs have received a lot of hype and good previews, there is a hidden cost that you'll want to keep in mind if you're considering one of these sets. Because the sets don't come with 3D glasses, you'll need to buy those separately in order to view the 3D content on the Samsung screen. Samsung's 3D active glasses (model SSG-2100AB) will cost a whopping $150 each. This means you'll need to drop an additional $600 in order for a family of four to enjoy 3D content... Read more...